Denver, Colorado 2021-05-04 15:34:34 –
Two Denver police officers lose more than a week of work by using chemical weapons against those who did not threaten them during a racial justice protest that shook the city last May. Will be.
According to a disciplinary order from the Denver Department of Public Safety, Denver police officer Derek Streeter has been suspended for 10 days without paying the cost of firing pepperballs three times to those who did not intimidate. I will do it.
Police Officer Diego Archuleta will impose a six-day unpaid suspension for using pepper spray on a woman sitting in a car. This woman also did not pose a threat to the police.
The officer is the first person in the department to be disciplined with excessive force during a protest.another Officer was dismissed in June For posting a photo on social media during my protest wearing riot control equipment entitled “Let’s Start a Riot”.
The city’s independent surveillance office and dozens of protesters have criticized Denver Police’s response to protests in the city in late May and early June in response to the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers.Protesters injured by police sued a department-independent monitor Issued a report stating that police officers used improper force During the protest, some people threw projectiles at police and damaged the building.
Disciplinary orders against Streeter and Arcreta were opened after a Denver police interior investigator reviewed body camera footage from a protest and found that police action justified further reviews. Says.
According to the disciplinary letter, on May 29 (the second day of the protest), Streater told two men walking home near the intersection of Broadway and West 14th Avenue. When one of the men asked where to walk, the streamer shot a pepper ball near him.
The video also showed the streamer shooting a pepper ball at a person in a car driving away from the protest area. A person not identified in the disciplinary action shouted obscene words to Streeter and other police officers as the car was driving on Broadway near the intersection with West 14th Avenue.
In the third incident of the same night, Streeter shot a pepperball on the ground near a woman leaving the area. The woman who escaped from the policeman was screaming obscene.
In an interview with a domestic detective, Streeter said in each of the cases he was afraid that those who shot the pepperball would throw something at him. He was struck by a projectile thrown by someone in the crowd in the evening, and the people in the crowd repeatedly threw things at his group of officers.
However, Mary Duracki, chief deputy director of the Denver Public Security Bureau, found that the fear of being beaten in three situations was not plausible and used excessive force against those leaving the area.
“As the vehicle moved away from the police, the proposal that passengers were preparing to throw or shoot some kind of missile was unreliable,” Dulacki wrote about Streeter’s decision to fire a pepperball into the car. I am. “The use of coercive force (chemical weapons) by officer streamers was neither necessary, rational, nor appropriate.”
Dulacki states that the 10-day outage is a presumptive penalty for this level of policy breach. She overturned Denver Police Chief Paul Pasen’s recommendation that the streamer would be suspended for six days. Streeter joined the division in 2015.
Archuleta also disciplined for using excessive force when spraying pepper on a woman sitting in a car stuck in a traffic jam on May 31, the fourth day of the protest in Denver. I was punished.
The woman had just accused police officers of using pepper balls in the crowd. The policeman asked her to move with her, but she couldn’t move because of traffic jams. Archuleta said she shot her with a pepper spray after hearing her use the word “kill.”
Archuleta told an internal investigator that he soon realized he had made a mistake, but he didn’t think the woman was affected by the pepper spray because he rolled up the window and started using the phone.
“Arcreta officers couldn’t distinguish between individuals who were involved in the illegal activity and those who were just verbally complaining to the police,” Duracki wrote in a disciplinary order.
Archuleta’s 6-day outage is a reduced penalty, not a 10-day estimated outage. Dulacki wrote that he deserved a shorter suspension because he admitted the stress and negligence of the protest.
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